City of Bones, 1 by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones, 1 (Mortal Instruments, #1)

by Cassandra Clare

First in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Demons. First in the New York Times No. 1 bestselling series that has swept the globe, City of Bones is also a major movie and Shadowhunters, the TV series based on the book, is currently airing on Netflix. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love. This edition contains exclusive bonus content as well as a map and a new foreword by Cassandra Clare. Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours and The Shadowhunter's Codex.

Reviewed by Charles Reads on

5 of 5 stars

I first read City of Bones a few years back and continued on to the second and I think the third book I think. But for some reason, I never finished the series. So I figured it was time to start the series again.

City of Bones is a larger book to get through. But there is some much explained throughout it that it makes it oh so worth the length. It all begins with Clary meeting a group of shadowhunters at a night club by chance, or was it only by chance?

From there the spiral into the shadowhunter world begins. City of Bones refers to the Slient Brothers, a form of monks who oversee the bones and learnings for the Clave and Nephilim (Shadowhunters). In this book, they were called to try and help Clary unlock memories that a warlock looked away.

My favorite part or thing from City of Bones is the Institute. From Clare’s description, the place is huge and intrigues me. There could be so much that we as the reader could learn from it. The Institue is a home base for the shadowhunters and also functions as a sort of hotel for traveling Nephilim.

One major element of the book is Clary’s interest in Jace. The relationship has it all romance, adventure, confusion. An even bigger wrench is thrown into the relationship towards the end of the book. But, I won’t be mentioning that here.

From the moment City of Bones began, Clary had her world turned upside-down. She learned who her mother and father really were and why she also felt different. Clary also learned why Luke was so close to her mother.

Overall City of Bones was a great read. There were loads of details and worldbuilding that book place. Some parts of the book were fast-paced while others were slower. In general, the book was well worth the reread and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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